From the summer of 2017 to now, tiny, microscopic shades have been dominating our Instagram feeds. Bella Hadid is practically inseparable from a pair of teensy, Matrix-like frames. Kendall Jenner prefers colorful, angular renditions of the shades. Even Rihanna, clad in a Dior gown, took to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet balancing a tiny pair of Andy Wolf glasses on the bridge of her nose. And if the most recent paparazzi snaps of Kim Kardashian West and Gigi Hadid are any indication, miniature specs are destined to stay. Fitting then that accessories labels such as Roberi & Fraud, Adam Selman x Le Specs, and Chrome Hearts continues to churn out different futuristic styles in a spectrum of hues. The trick to pulling them off? “If you have a round face, it’s best to stick to square shapes. Oval faces tend to work with every style,” say Ali Mehrdad and Stefan Foster, co-founders of Roberi & Fraud who sparked a worldwide trend with their black Doris shades. In the gallery ahead, five reasons to shelve the classics and opt for a pair of outré frames this spring.
Edit by Claire Carruthers.